Seventy health professionals from a wide variety of fields joined us for our first annual Climate & Health conference on February 18, 2023! We had a wonderful day, with fantastic speakers, rich discussion, and many new friends. Thank you to everyone who attended (and braved the cold weather)!
Lisa Patel MD, MS: Overview of Climate Change and Health
Beth Schenk, PhD, RN, FAAN: Decarbonizing Healthcare
Barbara Easterlin, PhD: Mental Health Impacts of the Climate Crisis
James Crooks, PhD, MS: Wildfire Smoke and Human Health Associate Professor and Air Quality Epidemiologist, National Jewish Health
The day before, we stopped by the Rotunda of the Capitol building for a day of educating legislators about our climate concerns. Thank you to everyone who showed up and engaged with our representatives! We must speak up for the health of every Montanan during the climate crisis, and our representatives have a duty to listen.
Summing Up Our Fourth Year: 2022
22.12.16 Hayley Blackburn MSCCH climate champion of the Month
22.12.08 Robohm, J., Sorensen, C., & Roop, M. Climate Change in the Family Medicine Residency Curriculum: Next Steps. Virtual presentation for a Program Directors Meeting for the WWAMI Network of Family Medicine Residency Training Programs, Seattle, WA, United States.
22.10.03 Dr.Jen Robohm: Climate Change, Mental Health, and Resilience. Presentation for “Introduction to Climate Change” course, University of Montana.
New Research Articles by Montanans:
Winquist, A., Schenk, E. C., Cook, C., Demorest, S., & Burduli, E. (2022). Climate, Health, and Nursing Tool (CHANT): A confirmatory factor analysis. Public Health Nursing.
Schenk, E., & Johnson, S. (2022). Nurse‐Sensitive Environmental Indicators: A Qualitative Study. Journal of Nursing Management.
Kuehnert, P., Fawcett, J., DePriest, K., Chinn, P., Cousin, L., Ervin, N., Schenk, B., ... & Waite, R. (2022). Defining the social determinants of health for nursing action to achieve health equity: A consensus paper from the American Academy of Nursing. Nursing Outlook, 70(1), 10-27.
22.11.28 Rob and Lori Byron, guest lecturers in the Environmental Health class, MSU
22.11.21 Beth Schenk’s Healthy Environmental Podcast.
22.11.7-13 Chelsea Kuiper guest lecturer, focusing on Planetary Health in the graduate class "Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health" in the School of Public and Community Health Sciences, UM
22.11 Montanans at the COP27: Dr Beth Schenk; UM Environmental Studies students Priya Subberwal and Tate (Andrew) Besser; and Mt Tech Professor Jessica Daignault and recent Montana Tech M.S. graduate Emily Rutledge, borth engineers, presenting on environmental impacts and wastewater.
22.11.10 Dr. Beth Schenk at COP27, Egypt: STRONG MEDICINE: US Progress in Enhancing Health System Sustainability and Resilience at Home and Abroad.
22.11.11 Dr Beth Schenk, COP27, EgyptTransforming Health Systems through Decarbonization and Resilience. COP27. Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. November 11, 2022.
22.11.11 Dr Beth Schenk, COP27, Egypt America Is All In Action Center Opening Program. COP27. Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
22.11.03 Bozeman Chronicle OpEd: Hillery Daily, Allison Young and Emory Hoelscher-Hull: Voters should be conscious of environmental issues when casting their ballots in this year’s election
22.11.01 Bitterroot Star OpEd OpEd by MtHPHC members Hillery Daily, Allison Young and Emory Hoelscher-Hull
22.10.30 Ravelli Republic OpEd by MtHPHC members Hillery Daily, Allison Young and Emory Hoelscher-Hull,
22.10.26 Montana Standard OpEd by MtHPHC members Hillery Daily, Allison Young and Emory Hoelscher-Hull,
22.10.21 Dr. Debbie Liptzin, Pediatric Pulmonologist in Missoula, spoke at the Mt School Nurses Meeting
22.10.20 Lori Byron, panelist for GCCHE’s Advocacy Bootcamp
22.10.17 Dr Rob Byron’s Missoulian OpEd
22.10.17 KPAX TV reporter James Dobson covered the Missoula Ride for their Lives event
22.10.16 Ride for their Lives 2022, Missoula edition!
22.10.10 Montana RHI newsletter published the MT Pharmacy Planetary
22.10.06-07 Rob and Lori Byron and Debra Remillard PA and Emily Hahn, RN tabling at the MT Nursing Association annual meeting, Helena
22.10.06 KRTV interview of Lori Byron re: EPA EV school bus funding:
22.10.01-02 Marian Kummer and Lori Byron, tabling Montana Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics, Whitefish
22.10.01 Lori Byron, Update on Climate to the Montana Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics, Whitefish
22.09.08 Jennifer Robohm Climate change: Role for behavioral scientists?
[Conference presentation]. 43rd Forum for Behavioral Science in Family Medicine, Chicago, IL, United States.
22.09.20-30 Robet Byron tabled at AERO, Helena
22.09.29-20 Dr. Marian Kummer and Lori Byron tabled at and talked a
the Mt Pediatricians, Whitefish
22.09.30 Dr Paul Smith, pediatric pulmonologist, presented at the MT Academy of Pediatrics meeting on MT air quality research.
22.09.29 Marian Kummer – “Expanding the EPA Air Quality Flag Program”, PEHSU National Meeting
22.09.28 Robert Byron, Helena Air OpEd
22.09.27 Rebecca Elderkin, MT Standard OpEd
22.09.27 Rebecca Elderkin The Missoulian OpEd
22.09.26 Rebecca Elderkin, Helena Independent OpEd
22.09.25 Robert Byron, Billings Gazette OpEd
22.09.23 Rebecca Elderkin, Billings Gazette OpEd
22.09.22 Robert Byron, MT Standard OpEd
22.09.20 Robert and Lori Byron tabled at the Montana Healthcare Conference
22.09.17 Chelsea Kuiper tabled at the Missoula Climate and Clean Energy Expo
22.09.16 Beth Schenk featured, “House committee issues report and hears testimony on health care and the climate crisis”
22.09.16 Beth Schenk, House Ways and Means Committee on “Preparing America’s Health Care Infrastructure for the Climate Crisis”.
22.09.15 Lori Byron, presentation to the Alaska Perinatal ECHO project
22.09.09 Chelsea Kuiper, Co-Chair of the Um Student Chapter of MontanaHPHC, Tabled at UM’s welcome feast
22.08.22 Marian Kummer and Lori Byron tabled at the MSU Catapalooza
22.08.19 Robert Byron, MtPR interview on drought and health
22.08.13 Dr David Gilkey tabled at the Butte Energy Fair
22.08.12 Rob Byron presented to the Benefis Hospital (Great Falls) Native American Advisory Board.
22.07.21 Dr. Beth Schenk at Ideagen Global: on Youtube
22.07.15 – News coverage of Held V MT: Billings Gazette and Montana Free Press
22.07.11 Dr. Alex Adams presented at the National Academy of Medicine (US NAM) and the UK Academy of Medical Sciences (UK AMS) in Washington DC
22.07.07 Beth Schenk: An Introduction to Decarbonizing Healthcare, Smart Montana
22.06.29 Lori Byron, National Environmental Health Association, Spokane WA, Concern and Action on CC by Env Health Professionals
22.06.23 Lynne Foss, Health and Air Quality, Bozeman Library
22.06.21 Lori Byron, Moms’ Clean Air Force Webinar: Clean Air, Climate Health Equity and Inequity: Indigenous and Tribal Communities,
22.06.19 Rob and Lori Byron, AAP Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine 45th Annual Meeting, Big Sky MT: Climate Change and Perinatology
22.06.15, Dr. Hayley Blackburn: Pharmacy, Climate, & the Environment, University of Colorado Climate & Health Science Policy Fellowship program
22.05.21 Marian Kummer tabled at the Montana Science Center
22.05.10 Beth Schenk at Clean Med: Data-driven decarbonization - Tools & tips from climate champions
22.05.10 Pharmacy & the Environment, Dr Hayley Blackburn, Georgetown Medical Students
22.05.06 Lori Byron gave testimony to the MT Department of Labor re: Energy Efficiency Building Codes
22.05.01 Billings Gazette, Dr. Marian Kummer
22.04.29 Hayley Blackburn spoke to Amanda Cahill’s Social Work class at UM
22.04.23 Missoula Urban Demonstration Project (MUD) tabling by Rebecca Elderkin
22.04.23 Gallatin Valley Earth Day – tabling by Marian Kummer, Mac Nolde, Lynne Foss
22.04.23 MtHPHC OpEd published in 10 newspapers across Montana!
*Big Sky Outlaw
22.04.23 Providence Earth Day Event, Sp Pat's, Missoula
22.04.21 Providence (Dr. Beth Schenk) releases first Environmental Stewardship report
22.04.20 Beth Schenk presented at UC Irvine
22.03.21 Beth Schenk Providence Hospital We ACT Series – Waste Optimization
in Health Care
22.04.13 Alex Adams MD presentation to Science and Society, the Museum of the Rockies: the “Health Effects of Climate Change in Montana.
22.04.13 Robert Byron, Drought and Human Health Workshop panel: Air Quality and Wildfires, Bozeman MT
22.04.13 Drs Mari Eggers and Lori Byron, MPHA/MEHA meeting presentation, Helena
22.04.13 Drs. Jenn Robohm and Hayley Blackburn, MEHA/MPHA meeting presentation
22.04.12 Tabling, Lori Byron, MPHA/MEHA meeting, Helena
22.04.12 U.M Department of Society and Conservation Seminar Series:
“Climate Psychology, Climate Anxiety, and Breaking the Climate Silence for a Just Future” by Rebecca Weston, JD, LCSW.
22.04.13 Hayley Blackburn presented for the Climate Change and Human Health ECHO series on interprofessional teaching of climate and health topics.
22.04.12 Beth Schenk at WSU: Butterfield Upstream Fund Keynote/Lecture | College of Nursing | Washington State University (wsu.edu)
22.04.09 Health Professional Students for a Healthy Climate, UM chapter, did a sustainability bike tour in Missoula
22.04.06 - Anita Lowe presented to Carroll College Environmental Health Class
22.04. AAP National Advocacy Conference Video, Lori Byron
22.04.07 Hayley Blackburn presenting at the Montana Gerontology Society Annual Conference: Climate Change and the Health of Older Adults: Addressing Risks & Promoting Resilience)
22.04.02 Climate Change and Physiatry: A Call to Proportional and Prospective Action. Dr. Anita Lowe.
22.03.24 Citizens Climate Radio Podcast, Lori Byron and pediatric
advocacy. Listen here
22.03.24 Beth Schenk 2nd annual Planetary Health lecture at the U.
Minnesota School of Nursing
22.03.10 Cool Solutions Podcast: Old Docs Take New Patient: The Climate,
Dr. Rob Byron and others.
22.03.7,8 Rob and Lori Byron had meetings with Senator Tester, and Senator Daines’ staff. Senator Tester’s office tweeted about climate
22.03.10 Mac Nolde tabled on Air Quality and Health at the Patagonia Store, Dillon MT
22.03.06 Dr Beth Schenk, Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health, 2022 Annual Conference
22.02.24 EPA Mercury hearings – Michelle Uberuaga, Ada Montague, Lori Byron, and Anne Hedges testified
22.02.22 Our Climate Journey, for Montana Climate Stories – Anita Lowe. Read here
22.03.06 Health Care’s Path to Decarbonization (CE2) Elizabeth Schenk, panelist
22.02.24 Dixon Elementary School, Mac Nolde presented on air quality and human health
22.02.18 Brockton School, Dr. Marian Kummer and Mac Nolde presented on air quality and human health
22.02.16 2 Environmental Health Class Lectures, Montana Tech U. Rob and Lori Byron
22.02.15 MT AHEC Scholars presentation on C2H2. Rob and Lori Byron
22.02.11 Osler Medical Lecture Series. Rob and Lori Byron University of Washington medical students (WWAMI). Bozeman MT.
22.02.10 Northern Plains pipeline rally, Rob and Lori testified, Courthouse Lawn, Billings MT
22.02.10 Beth Schenk, Facebook Live event “WE ACT Series – climate anxiety”. Watch here
22.02.07 Billings Rotary. Rob and Lori Byron presented about C2H2
22.01.27 Dr. Beth Schenk paneled at this webinar: Climate, Health Care, and the Race to Zero.
22.01.27 Dr. Beth Schenk met with the Office of Climate Change and Health Equity (OCCHE) – along with Dr. John Balbus and Providence leadership.
22.01.26 Dr. Marian Kummer presented to the Sacajawea Middle School 22.01.26 Dr. Beth Schenk’s podcast: NCC Europe with Anna Fuhrmann.
22.01.23 Lori Byron, Montana Environmental Health Association newsletter article
2.01.20 Dr. Beth Schenk presented at the CT Nurses Association
22.01.19 Dr. Beth Schenk’s podcast: the Founding Mothers of the Nurses Climate Challenge
22.01.18 Dr. Marian Kummer presented to the Children’s Clinic
22.01.14 Dr. Marian Kummer article in the Lone Peak (Big Sky) Newspaper
22.01.06 Dr. Beth Schenk presented for Nurses Climate Challenge, School of Nursing Commitment Community of Practice
22.01.05 Dr. Beth Schenk met with Gov Jay Inslee’s Climate staff about Providence Hospital Systems’s Carbon Negative goal
22.01.03 Daily Interlake, Laurel Eastman.
Summing Up Our Third Year: 2021
This was an important year for us! The 2021 Climate Change and Human Health Report (otherwise known as C2H2) was published! This is an archival post of all our actions this year.
21.12.30 Bozeman Chronicle – many MtHPHCers signed on to the letter
21.12.29 Yellowstone Democratic Study Group, “C2H2” discussion, Rob and Lori Byron
21.12.23 Laurel Outlook Article on the presentation of our Montana-wide letter to Northwestern Energy:
21.12.18 Dr. Marian Kummer and Mac Nolde presented at the MT Science Center
21.12.14 AAP Council on Env Health/Section on Pediatric Trainees Town Hall on Climate, Lori Byron
21.12.10 Lori Byron provided written testimony against Oil and Gas permitting on public lands
21.12.07 Podcast by Beth Schenk: Nurses at COP26
21.12.06 Dr. Marian Kummer presented at the Ophir School in Big Sky.
21.12.01 Climate for Health blogpost “Raise the Flag for Clean Air in Montana”, Lori Byron,
21.12 Skaggs School of Pharmacy, University of Montana, Hayley Blackburn “In the News”
21.11.30 – 21.12.02 Montanans testify to EPA re: Methane rulings: Anne Hedges, Robert Byron, Michelle Uberuaga, Ava Shearer, Sue Beug, Winona Bateman, Melissa Hornbein info/recordings here
21.11.14 Missoulian OpEd by Ned Vasquez, Rebecca Elderkin, Chelsea Kuiper
21.11.10 Bozeman Chronicle: Guest column: Health professionals must do their part on climate. Emory Hoelscher-Hull, Lynne Foss, Marian Kummer, Sarah Lorch, Ned Vasquez, Robert Byron and Lori Byron
21.11.10 Billings Gazette Guest view: Teresa Blascovich MD, Billings; Ned Vasquez MD, Missoula; Robert Byron MD, Hardin; Lori Byron MD, Hardin; and Cathy White MD, Butte. Healthcare providers do their part to mitigate global warming
21.11.10 – Rob and Lori Byron teach on air pollution in the Ekalaka school.
21.11.10 Helena Independent Record OpEd Ned Vasquez, M.D., Missoula; Robert Byron, M.D., Hardin; Lori Byron, M.D., Hardin; Debra Remillard, PA,Helena; and Carolyn Meyer, M.D., Helena. Guest view: Healthcare providers do their part to mitigate global warming
21.11.08 Montana Standard OpEd : Cathy White MD, Butte; Ned Vasquez MD, Missoula; Robert Byron MD, Hardin; Lori Byron MD, Hardin; and Teresa Blascovich MD, Billings.Guest view: Healthcare providers do their part to mitigate global warming
21.11.08 Research article by Lori and Rob Byron – MT (and others) – Pediatric Climate Change Advocacy: A Call to Action for Health Care Providers Journal of Applied Research on Children: Informing Policy for Children at Risk
21.11.07 Research article by Lori Byron (and others). Integrating Climate Change Education into Board Certification for Pediatricians: a Model for Other Specialties, The Journal of Climate Change and Health, Here
21.11.03 Drs Jen Robohm and Halley Blackburn, IoE Rough Cut Series: Mental Health Challenges associated with Climate Change and Climate Change-Related Work: Strategies from the Field
21.11.04 New York Times article featuring Dr. Beth Schenk
21.11.02 Beth Schenk ANHE podcast: Climate Justice 10 Najeem Al Balushi – A Nursing
view from Oman
21.11.01 Beth Schenk featured in this Providence blog. Earth day can’t wait: We need to
act now on climate change.
21.10.30 Beth Schenk ANHE podcast: 4 #14 Climate Justice 9. Dr Connie Nguyen-Truong,
Dr Shameem Rakha. Deconstructing Racialized Experiences
21.10.30 Mac Nolde tabled at the Montana Association for the Education of Young
Children, Butte, MT.
21.10.28 Signed on to a statewide organizational letter to Congress supporting climate provisions in the Build Back Better Act.
21.10.27 MSU Senate voted (and tabled) on resolution to acknowledge the climate emergency – Robert Byron commented
21.10.27 Beth Schenk ANHE podcast: 4 #13 Climate Justice 8 Bradley Thompson, MSN, RN-BC, PMHCNS-BC “Nursing is Nothing Without Action”
21.10.27 Environmental Health class and Politics of Energy Policy class at MSU, Drs. Rob and Lori Byron were guest lecturers.
21.10.25 research paper published : Climate & health concerns of MT public & environmental health professionals: a cross-sectional study. Lori Byron
21.10.21 MT nurses meeting w Tester: Beth Schenk, Sarah Johnson, Teresa Wicks , Frances DeForrest, Jessica Dahlman
21.10.18 MtHPHC signed on to a letter ‘Protect Health – Recommendations for the Biden Administration in response to the climate crisis’
21.10.14 sign on w ALA for electric school buses
21.10.14 meeting with Arizona health advocates – to help start a clinicians for climate action group
21.10.14 Nick Silverman presented for the Mt Drought Management Plan Revision webinar
21.10.14 Beth Schenk ANHE podcast: 4 #12 Climate Justice 7 Maria Alejandra Orostegui Santander, RN, PhD, Visionary Educator in Colombia
21.10.12 Webinar: Climate and Health: What every MT parent should know, sponsored by Families for a Livable Climate and MontanaHPHC, Rob and Lori Byron
MT.21.10.10 MEHA and MPHA newsletter stories on the climate Change and Health survey research done in Montana
21.10.08 Ravalli Republic OpEd by Kit Tilly and Hillery Daily. Climate change will affect Bitterroot economy
21.10.07 MT Physician meeting with Senator Tester – Ned Vasquez, Rob and Lori Byron
21.10.07 Dr. Robohm Using an IPE “Simulation Day” to Teach about the Physical and Mental Health Impacts of Climate Change. Virtual presentation for WWAMI Behavioral Scientists’ Annual Meeting.
21.10.06 Beth Schenk Rough Cuts Series, MSU Institute on Ecosystems : Environmental Stewardship in Healthcare. Watch here
21.10.06 Beth Schenk – Western Institute of Nursing Critical Conversations: Nursing’s Response to Climate Change: A Complex Socioenvironmental Crisis
21.10.06 Beth Schenk ANHE podcast: 4 #11 Climate Justice 6 Dr. Lizeth Veliz Rojas, Creative Educator and Public Health Nurse in Chile
21.10.04 Dr. Jen Robohm. Mental Health and Climate Change: A Tale of 3 Crises. Presentation “Introduction to Climate Change” course at the University of Montana in Missoula, MT
21.10.01 Winona Bateman and Rob Byron, Missoula Current article: Sustainable Montana: CC and Children's Health
21.09.29 Sue Higgins – MSU global health class
21.09.29 Wildfire/heatwave Simulation Training Event for the Western Montana FP Residency Program, Jen Robohm and Hayley Blackburn
21.09.25 Tabling, Missoula Energy Fair
21.09.21 ANHE Climate Justice Podcast Series by Dr Beth Schenk: Tammy Davis – Committed to Community Service
21.09.18 Montana Academy of Pediatrics 2021 Roundup, Health in the 406 Update. Drs. Rob and Lori Byron
21.09.17 Tabling at Montana Academy of Pediatrics 2021 Roundup
21.09.16 MtHPHC and MEIC “Don’t Fall for Gas”. Drs Rob and Lori Present on health harms of methane.
21.09.15 Institute of Ecosystems Rough Cut Series Climate-Health Interface from C2H2: Danger and Opportunity, Rob and Lori Byron
21.09.11 ANHE Climate Justice Podcast Series by Dr. Beth Schenk: Supporting Climate Health in Kenya
21.09.10-11 Tabling for MtHPHC at the MT ACP meeting
21.09.09 Drs Byron and M Kummer present to the MT Asthma Advisory Group on C2H2
21.08.31 ITEP: Status of Tribes and Climate Change Report. Dr. Mari Eggers and John Doyle – co-authors
21.08.26 NBS News MT: Gaps in wildfire smoke warning system leave people exposed
21.08.24 Sarah Coefield of Missoula featured on this EPA site
21.08.20 ANHE Climate Justice Podcast Series by Dr Beth Schenk: Dr. Faith Nawagi, Nursing Leader from Uganda to Minneapolis
21.08.19 Beth Schenk blogpost
21.08.09 Missoulian OpEd, Beth Schenk, Chris Brick, Gwen Lankford, Karen Knudsen, Melissa Matassa-Stone, Paul Herendeen and Peter McDonough Opinion: Moving forward with best climate solutions
21.08.05 Scott Bischke – letter to Jon Tester
21.08.04 Formal Comments re: Laurel Gas Plant: Lori Byron
21.08.01 ANHE Climate Justice Podcast Series by Dr Beth Schenk: Green Teams in Canada
21.07.21 AHEC MedStart presentation “Climate and Health”. Rob and Lori
21.07.21 National Pediatric Climate Ambassadors Training. Lori Byron presented, Dr. Cindy Edstrom of MT attended.
21.07.20 Montana Great Beginnings Great Families Conference “Women, Infants, and Children: Climate and Health.” Videorecording. Rob and Lori Byron.
21.07.12-18 Wildfire Smoke Ready Week in Missoula montanawildfiresmoke.org, including a presentation by smoke expert Sarah Coefield
21.07.01 Providence hospital event. Dr Beth Schenk Facebook , LinkedIn
21.06.25 –MT Dept of Labor Listening Session, Billings, re: IECC (International Energy Conservation Code) 2021 adoption
21.06.17-18 Helena climate summit and Livingston’s Electric School Bus
Event by Moms’ Clean Air Force and Families for a Livable Climate
21.07.17 AHEC MedStart presentation, Missoula “Climate Change and Health
Careers”. Drs. Jennifer Robohm and Hayley Blackburn
21.06.15 – EPA Oil and Natural Gas Listening Sessions
Micheller Uberauga public comments, written comments from Lori Byron
21.06.12 Citizens Climate Lobby National “Doctors Support Carbon Pricing”, moderated by Lori Byron
21.06.02 Safe1EPA Hearing Public Hearing on EPA’s Reconsideration of Previous Administration’s Withdrawal of California’s Waiver to Enforce Greenhouse Gas Standards for Cars and Light Trucks. Testifying Montanans: Melissa Hornbein of Helena attorney, Ronni Flannery, Michelle Uberuaga, Connor Ploeger, Rob Byron, Lori Byron
21.05.30 Miles City UCC Church: Environmental Justice: The Systemic, the Vulnerable, the Personal. Rob and Lori Byron
21.05.25 Offices of Daines, Tester, and Rosendale: Ronni Flannery, Rob and Lori Byron met with office staff
21.05.20 “The What and Why of Weird Weather” featuring Montanans:
Dr. Marian Kummer, a retired pediatrician from Billings MT
Logan Mannix, a rancher with Mannix Grassfed Beef, Helmville, MT
Paul Herendeen, from Clearwater Credit Union, Missoula MT
and climate scientist Dr. Scott Denning from Colorado State University, watch here
21.05.19 CleanMed Connect 2021 Self-care & community in times of crises panel included Lori Byron
21.05.18 CleanMed Connect 2021. Environmental Health and Equity: Providence’s Leadership Story. Dr Beth Schenk.
21.05.18 Council of Environmental Health, American Academy of Pediatrics, Pediatric Climate Advocacy Update. Dr. Lori Byron
21.05.13 PEHSU (Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units) National Meeting: Environmental Health Disparities: PEHSUs and Environmental Justice. John Doyle and Drs. Mari Eggers and Lori Byron
21.05.11 Bitterroot Climate Action Group, Montana C2H2 presentation. Rob and Lori Byron
21.05.06 Yellowstone Valley Gives, Rob and Lori Byron tabled
21.05.04 American Thoracic Society: "Wildfires Effects on Vulnerable Populations", Dr. Paul Smith
21.04.26 Solve Climate by 2030. Climate Change Studies Program, U Montana.
Nick Silverman, Jen Robohm, Gwen Lankford, Melody Hollar. Here
21.04.26 Planetary Health Conference: The Nurses are Here. Dr. Beth Schenk. More here
21.04.26 Dr Beth Schenk. Jonas Scholarship Environmental Health Conference Also I’ll be on a panel for the Jonas Scholarship panel
21.04.25 Guest opinion: Climate change impacts are already here. Marian Kummer. Read here
21.04.22 Explore Big Sky OpEd: C2H2-The New Climate Report, Dr. Marian Kummer . Read here
21.04.21 Bitterroot Star, The Problem of Food Waste and What We Can Do About It, Bitterroot Star, Dr. Hillery Daily
21.04.17 Oregon State AAP Meeting, AAP and Climate Advocacy, Lori Byron
21.04.16 Western Institute of Nursing Podium presentation: Nursing Environmental Awareness Tool (NEAT) , Dr Beth Schenk
21.04.16 Citizens Climate University, Health Impacts of Climate Change & Burning Fossil Fuels, Drs. Rob and Lori Byron, watch here
21.04.12 AAP News Pediatricians’ voices grow louder on climate’s impact on child health, equity,Lori Byron, Read here
021.04.11 American Academy of Pediatrics Legislative Conference. Video by Lori Byron.
21.04.09 Penn State Vallance Lecture in Nursing Innovation: "Passion Drives Change: Environmental Stewardship in Health Care,", Dr. Beth Schenk
21.04.08 U Washington MPH Program Galvanizing Climate Justice, Dr. Rob Byron
21.04.07 Cafe Scientifique Past and Future of Wildfire, MSU’s Dave McWethy Here
2021.04.02 Edible Bozeman: Our Food, Our Climate, Our Health, Rob Byron and Madison Boone. Read here
21.04 Students for One Health (SOH) club, Midwestern University, Glendale AZ. Julia Ryder presented. Students included PA, DO, optometry, CRNA, vet med, PT, OT, and Dental.
April 2021 State of the Air Report from the American Lung Association. Read here
2021.03.25 Ideagen Global Power Chat featuring Dr. Beth Schenk
2021.03.24 UM Climate and Health Course, Dr. Beth Schenk spoke
2021.03.22 Montana State University, Dr.Beth Schenk presents to undergraduate nursing students
2021.03.19 “Health for a Better World: Providence - Carbon Negative by 2030”, Friday Medical Conference, WMT-AHEC, Dr. Beth Schenk
2021.03.19 Linked-In Live Event of Providence: Environmental Stewardship, Dr. Beth Schenk
2021.03.19 Climate Change and Human Health: Moving Forward, a DPHHS Healthier Montana Lunch and Learn series, Rob and Lori Byron
2021.03.18 U.S House Committee on Climate and Health Dr Beth Schenk testified, representing Health Care WIthout Harm and the American Lung Association
2021.03.11 Climate Presentation to WWAMI Program Directors, Dr.Jen Robohm
2021.03.10 - Community Nursing Class, MSU, Julie Ryder
2021.03.09 Graduate Environmental Health Class, Montana Tech, Rob and Lori Byron
2021.03.09 Pediatricians and Climate Advocacy, U of Connecticut Medical Students, Lori Byron
2021.03.08 - Washington State University, Dr. Beth Schenk presented to undergraduate nursing students on climate and health
2021.03.03 Nature's Guardians: What Indigenous Voices can Teach Us, Trent Center, Duke University, Rob and Lori Byron
2021.03.01 GENERAL INTERNISTS AS CLIMATE HEALTH ADVOCATES , commentary, Society for General Internal Medicine, Rob Byron
2021.03.01 Everything Lubbock News Article, Lori Byron
2021.02.26 Missoula Current Column " At Providence, WE ACT to care for the climate" by Dr. Beth Schenk.
2021.02.22 Climate Change and AAP Climate change advocacy, U of Connecticut Residents, Lori Byron
2021.02.17 12-1 Montana C2H2 Health Equity Webinar brought to you by Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity (CAIRHE), • Alexandra Adams, MD, PhD, Director, Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity, Montana State University • Robert Byron, MD, MPH, FACP, Crow Indian Health Center, Hardin • Lori Byron, MD, FAAP, Pediatric Hospitalist, Billings • Mari Eggers, PhD, MSU Research Scientist, Member Gallatin Board of Health. Watch here
2021.02.13 Climate Advocacy Training, American Medical Student Association annual meeting, Lori Byron
2021.02.10 Env Health Class, Montana Tech, Rob and Lori Byron
2021.02.09, CBS Morning News: Climate and Health and Pediatricians, Lori Byron
2021.02.01 Podcast with Dr. Beth Schenk, CHANT: The Climate, Health, and Nursing Tool
2021.02 Dr. Beth Schenk interviewed by Brazilian nurses for a book on climate and children.
2021.01 University of Montana Climate and Health course began: arranged by Jennifer Robohm, PhD. and Hayley Blackburn, PharmD.
2021.01 Montana Environmental Health Association Newsletter featured a story on the 2021 Montana Climate Change and Human Health Report
2021.01.27 Physical Impacts of Climate Change. Dr. Rob Byron presented to the U. Montana Climate and Health Course.
2021.01.26 The Center for Science, Technology, Ethics & Society Presents:
How Will Climate Change Impact Health in Montana? Tuesday January 26, 7pm with Alex Adams, Bruce Maxwell, and Robert Byron, authors of the Climate Change and Human Health Report. Watch live here
2021.01.25 Heat-Related and Respiratory Illness. Dr. Paul Smith presented to the U. Montana Climate and Health Course.
2021.01.20 Climate Change, Health Disparities, and Environmental Justice. Dr. Robin Saha presented to the U. Montana Climate and Health Course.
2021.01.12 University of Michigan Medical Student Class on Severe Weather Events,Climate Change, and Health. Presented by Drs. Byron
2021.01.08 Dr. Beth Schenk did a webinar on Environmental Stewardship: We ACT to to Carbon Negative. Watch here.
2021.01.04 ANHE Podcast by Beth Schenk: Promoting Health and Justice. Listen here
2021.12.31 OpEd Explore Big Sky. Faith-Based Healing: Past, Present, Future Rob and Lori Byron
Summing Up Our Second Year: 2020
Just as we got up and running... BOOM! Covid-19 threw a wrench in everybody's plans. We stayed busy writing letters to Congress, giving lectures on Zoom, and launching a major effort to write op-eds for local papers to spread the word about climate and health. This archive post details our actions in 2020, from latest to first.
2020.12.18 Stat News. New pediatrician network puts spotlight on climate change’s effects on children, Lori Byron interviewed
2020.12.17 Big Horn County News Lori and Rob Byron and others
2020.12.16 Daily Interlake: Climate-change report details potential health impacts in Montana with Rob Byron and others
2020.12.15 Clark Fork Weather Forecast Facebook Live Event. Dr Nick Silverman presented on the long term climate projections.
2020.12.15 2020 Bitterroot Valley Climate Resilience Primer. Rob and Lori Byron were contributors.
2020.12.15 Clark Fork Winter Weather Forecast Facebook event w Nick Silverman and others
2020.12.14 OpEd Helena Air Strengthen EPA's pollution standards Beth Schenk, Lori Byron, Robert Byron, Charles Fitts, Kathleen Masis, Robert Merchant, Tom Roberts, Julia Ryder, Paul Smith, Lora Wier. Read here
2020.12.13 OpEd Billings Gazette Beth Schenk, Lori Byron, Robert Byron, Charles Fitts, Kathleen Masis, Robert Merchant, Tom Roberts, Julia Ryder, Paul Smith, Lora Wier
“Strengthen EPA's pollution standards”. Read here
2020.12.13 OpEd Missoulian “Strengthen EPA's pollution standards”
Beth Schenk, Lori Byron, Robert Byron, Charles Fitts, Kathleen Masis, Robert Merchant, Tom Roberts, Julia Ryder, Paul Smith, Lora Wier. Read here.
20.12.11 OpEd Billings Gazette, Faith-Based Healing: Past, Present, Future Rob and Lori Byron and others Billings Gazette. Read here
20.12.11 OpEd Missoulian Faith-Based Healing: Past, Present, Future Rob and Lori Byron and others. Read here.
20.12.10 Sidney Herald OpEd Lori Byron “America, and Americans need healing, faith communities can help”. Read here.
20.12.10 NPR Radio Story: Montana Report links CC to mental, physical health impacts, with Rob Byron and others noted. Read here.
2020.12.09 Press Video at CAIRHE, Montana Climate Change and Human Health Report. Watch here.
2020.12.09 Montanans’ health interwoven with climate change, Explore Big Sky, Bella Butler. Read here.
2020.12.09 The Worm, Montana Climate Change and Human Health Report. Read here.
2020.12.08 New report highlights health impacts of climate change for Montanans, By Helena Dore Bozeman Chronicle. Read here
2020.12.08 VIDEO: New climate change report in Montana, Station KHQ. Watch here.
2020.12.08 Montana report examines climate change impacts to public health, Tom Kuglin. Read here.
2020.12.08 MSU Press Release, Montana Climate Change and Human Health Report. Read here.
2020.12.08 Press Conference, Climate Change and Human Health Report: Rob and Lori Byron and Mari Eggers, authors, Montana Climate Change and Human Health Report. Download here.
2020.12.03 The Lancet Countdown US Brief 2020 was released and is available here. Along with the broader, global Lancet Countdown 2020 report it highlights health impacts of climate change and updates progress and actions toward addressing it.
2020.11.30 Podcast at Stories for Action with Drs. Rob and Lori Byron: Standing up for our Health: the impacts of climate change on human health
2020.11.24 Podcast with Dr. Beth Schenk: The ANHE Student Committee Speaks!https://envirn.org/podcast/season-4-3-the-anhe-student-committee-speaks/
2020.11.24 Dr. Lori Byron presented to the Fort Peck medical community on COVID and Climate.
2020.11.21 Drs. Rob and Lori Byron presented at the Northern Plains Annual State Meeting https://northernplains.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/AM_schedule_only_2020.pdf
2020.11.20 Drs. Pam Hiebert, Rob Byron, Paul Smith, Lori Byron, and Marian Kummer presented at a special session to the Office of Management and Budget re: proposed changes to Cost: Benefit Analysis at EPA
2020.11.11. Dr. Lori Byron’s Johns Hopkins Earth Day Series Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvXbVKxmxkM
2020.11.01 Dr. John Cole OpEd “Dear Patient” Daily Interlake Daily
2020.10.28 Dr. Lori Byron presented at the National Children’s Health and Climate Leadership Forum
2020.10.27 Dr. Lori Byron provided written testimony to DEQ re: the Rosebud Mine Expansion
2020.1023. Sustainable Agriculture Podcast, MSU, Drs. Lori and Rob Byron
2020.10.22 Big Horn County News, and 10/19/2020 Miles City Star: Dr Rob Byron OpEd “All elections (and all votes) matter”
2020.10.22 Drs. Jennifer Robohm and Hayley Blackburn presented “Climate Change and Health in Rural Montana” at the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana-sponsored Rural Retreat
2020.10.13 Dr. Marian Kummer testified at the Montana PSC Public Hearings on Northwestern Energy’s proposed Colstrip purchase. Dr. Lori Byron provided written testimony
2020.10.12,26 Podcasts by Beth Schenk:
2020.10.12 Drs. Rob and Lori Byron presented to the environmental health class at MSU.
2020.10.09 Dr. Lori Byron presented Clinical Practice and Climate Change to the Frank Netter Medical School
2020.10.07 OpEd by Dr. Lori Byron and pediatricians from 50 states
2020.10.01 Blogpost Dr. Lori Byron
2020.09.28 Health Voices Project
Dr. Lori Byron created a video on clean air, pregnant moms, and the need to choose leaders who support action. Share on social media to encourage voting for climate action this year!
2020.09.14 Environmental Health Week.
Julia Ryder talked on climate and health with MSU nursing students.
2020.09.25-26 Montana Faith Science Climate Action Conference: Cultivating Soil, Soul, and Health
Rob and Lori Byron presented on "Climate and Health: a Montana Perspective." Recordings will be available soon.118 attended.
2020.09.12 Montana Chapter of the American College of Physicians
Dr. Robert Byron presented on Climate and Health.
2020.09.01 EPA Ozone Hearings
These Montanans testified before EPA: Cari Kimbell of MEIC, Michelle Uberanga of Mt's Moms' Clean Air Froce, Lori Byron of MontanaHPHC, Melissa Hornbein of Helena'sWestern Environmental Law Center, Hannah Fisher - a Helena Mom and Andres Haladay - a Helena City Commissioner.
2020 August: Climate Reality Training
Drs. Beth Schenk (Missoula) and Marian Kummer (Big Sky) attended
2020.08.19 12-1 SPECIAL EVENT: Montana Panel Discussion and Documentary Viewing
The American Lung Documentary Unbreathable, commemorating the 50 year anniversary of the Clean Air Act, was shown (virtually) August 19 with a Montana Panel following. Panel members included:
2020.07.22 Testify at OMB hearing on EPA Rollbacks of Methane Standards
Rob Byron testified at a virtual meeting of the Office of Management and Budget representing Montana
2020.07.22 Presentation to Mt-Pacific Quality Health
Rob and Lori Byron presented virtually to the MPQH group: Impacts of our Environment on Physical and Mental Health
2020.06.23 . Missoula Approves Climate Adaptation Plan
Beth Nick Silverman, board member of MtHPHC, is also on the Steering Committee for theMissoula Climate Adaptation Plan
2020.05.21 6 Montanans testify at EPA hearings
Paul Smith, Tom Roberts, Julia Ryder, Beth Schenk, and Rob and Lori Byron testified to EPA re: Particulate Matter air quality standards
2020.05.20 EPA Children’s Health Advisory Committee
Lori Byron reappointed to the EPA’s Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee
2020.05.19 Congressional visits
Tom Roberts, Rob and Lori Byron, and Julia Ryder lobby our members of Congress for the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health and the American Lung Association
2020.05.11 Student Board Member of MontanaHPHC
New board member Sarah Lorch is appointed
Dr. Rob Byron's OpEd appeared in the Missoulian, the Billings Gazette and the Big Horn County News Climate Solutions can be Pandemic Solutions https://www.epa.gov/pm-pollution/registered-speakers-public-hearing-proposal-retain-air-quality-standards-particulate
2020.04.23 Meeting with Helena Healthy Communities Coalition
Doctors Rob and Lori Byron met with the Healthy Communities Coalition of Helena
2020.04.22 Advancement of Sustainability of Healthcare
Dr. Beth Schenk was promoted to Executive Director of Environmental Stewardship for the entire Providence Healthcare System.
Lori Byron’s OpEd “Montana People of Faith and Earth Month” appeared in the Missoulian, Bozeman Chronicle, Big Horn County News, Lewistown News-Argus, and Helena Independent
2020.04.22 Climate talk at Sigma Tau
Julia Ryder and Sarah Lorch presented a health and climate talk to the Sigma Tau nursing fraternity in MSU
2020.04.22 Pediatrics Webinar on Climate and Health
Lori Byron presented on the AAP National Webinar on Pediatric Climate Advocacy https://climateforhealth.org/childrens-health-climate-change-a-moment-of-reflection-on-earth-days-50th-anniversary/
2020.04.13 MontanaHPHC sign-on to Letter to Congress
MontanaHPHC signed the Letter to Congress on COVID-19, Climate, and Health
2020.3.6 | CLIMATE AND HEALTH WEEK MISSOULA
April 6-12 is designated climate and health week in Missoula with multiple events occurring. More details will be forthcoming on this site as the dates approach!
2020.3.4 | Carbon Pricing from a Health Care Perspective
The details of carbon pricing and an update on where in the world this is now occurring were presented at this event sponsored by the League of Women's Voters featuring Drs. Rober and Lori Byron
2020.2.26 | Struggling to breathe in Montana
A Montana mom tells her child's asthma story and gives thank for the Clean Air Act
2020.2.25 | Climate and Health for Nurses
Julia Ryder presents to the Senior Nursing Students, MSU Bozeman
2020.2.20 | Dr. Rob Davies on YPR
Interview on the climate events in Bozeman and Missoula
2020.2.19 | The Big Climate Change Event
An evening lecture by Dr. Rob Davies from University of Utah, a physicist and climate change communicator
2020.2.18 | Climate Change: Now What?
Dr.Rob Davies, physicist from Utah State U will present a lecture about how the climate crisis is changing our world today at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in Inspiration Hall in Montana State University’s Norm Asbjornson Hall.
2020.2.14 | Climate and Health: Opportunity for Intervention
Drs. Byrons present to the Environmental Health class at Montana Tech
2020.1.29 | Climate Change is Affecting our Health Today
Letter to the Editor by Julia Ryder of Bozeman MT
2020.1.23 | Health Professionals Advocating for Energy Policy: Success Stories
MontanaHPHC board member Dr. Lori Byron discusses how health care providers have begun to advocate for clean energy policies and highlights efforts by these pioneering professionals.
2020.1.22 | Understanding the Health Impacts of Climate Change
MontanaHPHC board member, Dr. Robert Byron, sits on a panel at the ACEEE Conference featuring medical professionals describing successful interventions that have addressed ambient temperatures and air quality to produce a health benefit.
2020.1.17 | Real-world adaptation and mitigation solutions to climate change
Board member Dr Nick Silverman is guest lecturer for this senior-level course, part of the Climate Change Minor at the University of Montana.
2020.1.13 | Missoula Climate Resiliency Plan formally released
Dr. Nick Silverman, MontanaHPHC board member, has been actively involved in developing this plan.
Summing Up Our First Year: 2019
What a first year it was! There's nothing like the whirlwind of starting a nonprofit. Putting together a board, articles of incorporation, and many, many strategic planning documents! On top of the basics, we managed a number of exciting actions that year. This is an archival post of them, from December all the way back to May.
2019.12.6 | Climate and Health: Interprofessional Perspectives and Solutions
A presentation to the Family Practice residents and staff at St. Patrick's, Missoula with board member Dr. Paul Smith and Dr. Jennifer Robohm, psychologist.
2019.12.5 | Climate Disruption: Health Disaster or Opportunity?
A climate communication session, including the health impacts of climate disruption and the recommended solutions, for the community of Sheridan, Wyoming.
2019.12.2 | Climate Change: Killing the Planet or Killing You?
Addressing the mortality numbers associated with climate change, with Drs. Rob and Lori Byron - Who.What.Why.
2019.12.2 | Wild Foods to Food Security and Cultural Values on the Flathead Reservation of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes in the Context of Climate Change.
Research from board member Dr. Mari Eggers
2019.12.2 | Let's Talk About Water
MontanaHPHC board member Dr. Nick Sliverman will be discussing water and climate at this Missoula event
2019.11.9 | Guest opinion: Climate Change: There is no them, only us
Op-Ed by Dr. Robert Byron
2019.11.6 | Doctors Address Climate Change Concerns
Drs. Rob and Lori Byron presented a public talk and radio talk show on climate and health to the Rotarians of Lewistown, MT
2019.10.29 | Webinar: Environmental Stewardship in Healthcare
Register for this talk, in which MontanaHPHC Board Member Dr. Schenk will describe common sources of pollution in healthcare, and in particular what nurses can do to address environmental stewardship in healthcare and decrease pollution from their practices.
2019.10.25 | D.C. Lobbying w the Healthcare Industry
MtHPHC Board Member Dr. Beth Schenk lobbied Congress for action on climate with Healthcare Industry officials this week
2019.10.6 | Warming Climate Alarms Climate Scientists
Montana Scientists Dr. Cathy Whitlock and Dr. Bruce Maxwell provide an in-depth and Montana-centric summary of climate change and why it should matter to Montanans. Whitlock and Maxwell are also authors of the Climate Change and Human Health section of the Montana Climate Assessment currently being written.
2019.10.4 | Elizabeth Schenk received the University of Montana Distinguished Alumni Award
MT HPHC board member Beth Schenk was one of the recognized alums, based on her contributions to decreasing environmental impacts of healthcare and working toward a healthy climate
2019.10.3 | Creating Climate Resilient Communities
This panel at the 88th Annual Montana League of Cities and Towns included Drs. Rob and Lori Byron, along with representatives of Whitefish, Missoula, and Bozeman — all Montana cities that have begun to address climate resilience and emissions reductions in their city planning. Forty representatives of Montana cities and towns attended the session to hear what can be accomplished and why it matters.
2019.9.14 | Dr. Robert Byron receives Humanitarian Award for climate advocacy
The American College of Physicians honored MT HPHC board member Robert Byron with a humanitarian award for his work in climate and health at the Annual Scientific Session of the ACP in Great Falls Montana 9/14/2019. - Montana Chapter, American College of Physicians
2019.9.7 | MSU research group travels to Alaska to examine climate trends
A team of researchers from Montana State University’s College of Agriculture traveled to Fairbanks, Alaska, this summer to collect data they hope will help advance understanding of how thawing permafrost contributes to boreal greenhouse gas emissions.
2019.9.6 | Climate change water variability hurts salamander populations
The researchers revealed that streamflow variability can kill salamanders while they are metamorphosing from larvae to adults.
2019.9.1 | Climate Smart Montana
MT HPHC Dr.Nick Silverman helped found Climate Smart Montana, a group of Montana academics focused on connecting communities around climate resiliency.
2019.8.29 | Thriving Earth Exchange (TEX) Missoula Heat Island study
MT HPHC Dr. Nick Silverman, in collaboration with the City of Missoula, finished the preliminary study on heat impacts on vulnerable populations in Missoula.
2019.8.26 | 68th Annual United Nations Civil Society Conference
MT HPHC Dr. Beth Schenk presented material or nursing and climate action at this international conference held this year in Salt Lake City, attended by 5700 people from 135 countries. The goal is to have a global conversation on building inclusive and sustainable cities and communities.
2019.8.1 | Climate Smart Montana
MT HPHC Dr. Nick Silverman, helped create this new non-profit that will help coordinate resiliency efforts by cities and towns in Montana, and asist with identifying and obtaining funds for such actions.
2019.7.1 | Gov. Bullock creates climate change council
Governor Steve Bullock signed an Executive Order to create a Climate Council. The Council is to create a plan by June of 2020 to make the state carbon neutral by 2035. He will also have Montana join the U.S. Climate Alliance.
2019.6.28 | Climate change a threat to public health
Printed in several Montana newspapers, The board of Montana HPHC wrote this OpEd to inform Montanans of the US Call to Action on Climate, Health, and Equity, the first official public action of our organization in Montana.
2019.6.24 | U.S. Call to Action on Climate, Health, and Equity
Dozens on medical societies and health organizations, including the Montana Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate, signed this policy action agenda calling on elected officials to recognize climate change as a health emergency.
2019.5.12 | Health officials list concerns over EPA plan to delist Superfund site
Local health officials have submitted a letter outlining concerns over the Environmental Protection Agency’s potential delisting of a Bozeman Superfund site, urging for more soil and groundwater testing.
2019.5.1 | Helping Hospitals to Decrease Environmental Harm
MT HPHC and long-time environmental/health activist Dr. Beth Schenk spoke on "Helping Hospitals to decrese environmental harm" in this podcast created for The Association of Nurses for a Health Environemntal (ANHE).